We found 5 providers with an interest in glaucoma and who accept BlueCare near Tarpon Springs, FL.

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Specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases
43309 Us Highway 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Brian Phillpotts works as a retina specialist in Tarpon Springs, FL. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests encompass glaucoma. Dr. Phillpotts takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and a graduate of Howard University Hospital's residency program. He speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Glaucoma, Surgical Procedures, Vitreous Problems

Specializes in Ophthalmology
43309 Us Highway 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Deppermann works as an ophthalmologist in Tarpon Springs, FL and Lake Worth, FL. He offers interpreting services for his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Deppermann obtained his medical school training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and performed his residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Boston Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deppermann accepts. Dr. Deppermann has received the following distinction: Honorary Teaching Award, Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Cataracts, Glaucoma

Specializes in Ophthalmology
43309 Us Highway 19 N
Tarpon Springs, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Gamero sees patients in Tarpon Springs, FL and Spring Hill, FL. His medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Gamero's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University and a graduate of Catholic Medical Center's residency program.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Dr. Clinton Woods Sheets, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2031 Little Road
Trinity, FL
 

Dr. Clinton Sheets practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. Dr. Sheets's areas of expertise consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Sheets is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
2020 Seven Springs Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL
 

Dr. Geeta Shah practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in New Port Richey, FL. After completing medical school at L.T. Municipal Medical College, Dr. Shah performed her residency at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest consist of glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , glaucoma

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that occurs when drainage canals within the eye become clogged or blocked. Fluid builds up within the eye, and the increasing pressure damages the optic nerve. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and the primary cause of blindness among African Americans.

The most common form of glaucoma, accounting for more than 90% of all cases, is called open-angle glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma, the drainage canals become clogged but are not blocked entirely. Because some fluid is still able to drain, people with this type of glaucoma may feel fine and not have any symptoms for years after the onset of the disease. Later on, patients will notice a loss of peripheral vision, or darkness and blurriness at the sides of their visual field. When they look straight at something, their vision will be as good as it ever was. Unfortunately, by this time, the glaucoma is already at a severe stage, and without treatment it can lead to complete blindness.

There are other, less common types of glaucoma. Angle-closure glaucoma is an acute form of glaucoma that comes on very suddenly. The drainage canals become blocked and pressure within the eye rises very rapidly. Patients will have a sudden loss of vision along with headaches or nausea. This type of glaucoma needs to be treated right away. Rarely, children can be born with glaucoma or develop it in infancy. Babies with glaucoma may shy away from bright lights, be irritable, or have poor appetites.

Because glaucoma most often does not have symptoms in the early stages, it is important to have regular eye exams to check for glaucoma, especially if you are at risk. High risk groups include African Americans, Latinos, people with diabetes, and anyone over age 60. An eye doctor can check for glaucoma in several different ways. A visual field test checks for loss of peripheral vision. A dilated eye exam allows the doctor to see the optic nerve and inspect it for damage. A test called tonometry, in which a tiny puff of air is blown at the eye, checks the pressure within the eye and screens specifically for glaucoma.

Once you have a diagnosis, treatment depends on the type and stage of glaucoma that you have. Most people with glaucoma treat it with medicated eye drops. These drops help decrease fluid production within the eye and increase drainage. If medications aren’t enough, another option is to have surgery to open up the drainage canals. Although surgery can halt the progression of glaucoma, it cannot restore vision that has already been lost to the disease.
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